I work to create support groups and coaching for families who have children on the spectrum. Being an Autism parent myself, I understand the struggles, and obstacles that sometimes may come with parenting a child on the spectrum. I have also recently written a book, #1 Best Selling AU-MAZING GIFT: A Journey to Autism Acceptance.
This past month, I have had the pleasure of interviewing some Au-mazing moms from all over the world to get an idea of what their experiences have been like. I find that when we can connect through each other’s experience, we can also find ways we can help each other.
This week, I spoke with Au-mazing Parent Katelynn Graham. Here is her story:
What were the first signs/symptoms you child has Autism?
At around 16 months, we started noticing that Lucas was flapping his hands, having violent meltdowns & would start jumping whenever he felt upset.
What was your first reaction to your child’s “Autism” diagnosis?
I wasn’t really shocked since is been suspecting it for months. Instead, I immediately went into action & started making calls to get his therapies set up.
If you could give one piece of advice to another parent what would it be?
Getting an autistic diagnosis isn’t the end of the world for you or your child. It’s simply the start of a unique & beautiful journey.
What is one of the hardest parts about being a parent of an Autistic child?
Trying to help & teach others how to understand Lucas because he’s developed his own unique form of sign language. It’s often looks close enough to the actual sign to tell what he’s trying to say. Just most professionals don’t want to accept anything but the proper sign.
What is one the most rewarding part about being a parent?
That’s a toss up between seeing Lucas blossom & do something nobody thought he’d be able to do and being around him when he’s in one of his super affectionate moods.